In twenty-five years, 80% of the world population will live in Asia and Africa. What changes, culturally in particular, should be expected in this century? This is the vast and fascinating question Jean-Louis Roy’s the Age of Diversity tries to answer with the help of correspondents from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Roy argues that shifting wealth from the West to Asia, Latin America and Africa causes the reconfiguration of the economic map. This tilting also transforms the global cultural space. The dominant cultural position occupied by the Atlantic area will not disappear overnight. However, it is important to note that emerging countries are working earnestly, well served by the tools of the digital age. For example, China is already the world leader
in the art market, and Nigeria, the second in international film production after India. Diversity emerges from all sides. Welcome to the twenty-first century!
Jean-Louis Roy is president of various cultural organizations, including the International Partnership and the Centre de la francophonie in the Americas, Jean-Louis Roy was director of Le Devoir from 1981 to 1986 before being appointed Québec’s Delegate General in Paris, a post he held until 1990. from 1990 to 1998 he was Secretary General of the Agence de la Francophonie in Paris. He is the author of many literary works of creation, history and international political analysis including Ontario in Transition and the Future of French. Jean-Louis Roy is currently a visiting researcher at the Public Law Research Centre of the University of Montreal (CRDP). He lives in Montreal.